Medical Assistant Program

Medical Assistants are health care professionals who are cross-trained to work in all areas of a physician's office or other ambulatory care setting. This includes the front office, the clinical area assisting with patients and in the laboratory.

A CAREER YOU CAN COUNT ON

 Medical Assisting is projected by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics to be one of the fastest growing careers in health care, expected to grow 23% from 2014-2024.

Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at Greenville Technical College have employment opportunities in physicians' offices, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), health departments, and hospital clinics.

Highlights from the 2016 Annual Report to the Medical Assistant Educational Review Board indicate that:

  • Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are extremely satisfied with the education that they receive; there is an average 99% graduate satisfaction and a 100% employer satisfaction over the last five years. 
  • Job placement for graduates for the same five-year reporting period is 80%.
  • 95% of graduates successfully passed their medical assistant credentialing examination during the 5-year reporting period.

National career information for careers in the field of medical assisting is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Learn about real-time job openings and salary information through Career Coach.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THE PROGRAM

The Medical Assistant Program prepares students to become Certified Medical Assistants; a versatile healthcare professional who works under the supervision of a physician within medical practices.

The objectives of the program are to provide skilled "entry level" medical assistants who:

  1.  Accurately perform clinical and administrative skills required of entry-level medical assistants.
  2. Demonstrate the clinical and administrative knowledge required of entry-level medical assistants.
  3. Demonstrate compliance with laws governing healthcare and the profession of medical assisting.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior appropriate to the role of a medical assistant.
  5. Communicate effectively with others.
  6. Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity to diverse populations.
  7. Apply critical thinking skills appropriate to both academic and professional environments.
  8. Provide quality patient care.

ACCREDITATION AND CREDENTIALING

The Medical Assistant Program at Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (http://www.maerb.com).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
http://www.caahep.org

Graduates of our CAAHEP-accredited program are eligible to take the National Certification Examination given by the American Association of Medical Assistants. Success on the exam grants the credential of Certified Medical Assistant – CMA (AAMA).

Since 2013, 95% of our graduates successfully passed their certification exam - far surpassing the national average.

The value of the CMA credential is recognized by employers across the country. CMA skills are in demand in a wide range of health care delivery settings, and the credential is valid wherever the CMA goes.
For more information visit the AAMA website: http://www.aama-ntl.org/



Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND COURSES

Medical Assistant
Certificate in Applied Science

(Federal financial aid not available for this program pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education. South Carolina residents may receive Lottery funds.)

This 38-credit hour program will host two cohorts each year. A full-time track will begin each fall (daytime classes) and a part-time track will begin each spring (late afternoon/evening class-times). Upon acceptance into the Medical Assistant program, the length of the program is three semesters for full-time and four semesters for part-time.

Read more about this program (pdf)…

MEDICAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

To apply to the Medical Assistant program, follow the steps outlined in the Enrollment Steps

Please note, 

 

  • Medical Assistant courses are not approved for Federal Student Financial Aid at this time, however, eligible students may qualify for SC Lottery Tuition Assistance. 
  • Three of the four prerequisite courses may be covered by federal financial aid (if you qualify).

 

In addition to Greenville Technical College admissions process, students interested in a program in the Health and Wellness Division must also successfully complete the following:


Career Talk
Participating in a Career Talk session is a requirement for all Health and Wellness Division students. 

See the Career Talk Schedule


Division Policies
The Medical Assistant program strictly adheres to all the Health and Wellness Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page.


Supplemental Admissions Process
Students interested in the Medical Assistant program must complete the Weighted Admission Form for the program. The weighted admission form submission deadline for Spring 2018 admission has been extended to November 15, 2017. 

Medical Assistant Weighted Admissions Form (pdf)

Gainful Employment

Visit the Gainful Employment page for important information about the educational debt, earnings, and graduation rates of students who attended programs. Information specific to the Medical Assistant Certificate program is not yet available.